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Portion of the interior artwork of Detective Comics #1027 (September 2020)
Art by Brad Walker
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #140 (October 1948)
Created byBill Finger (writer)
Dick Sprang (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoEdward Nigma (later: Edward Nygma or Nashton)
Team affiliations
Notable aliases
  • "Eddie Nash"
  • Edward "Eddie" Nygma
  • Edward "Eddie" Nigma
  • Patrick Parker
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Criminal mastermind
  • Skilled in the use of his question mark-shaped cane
  • Skilled engineer, computer programmer, and escape artist
  • Utilizing complex riddles, puzzles, and lethal traps

The Riddler (Edward Nigma, also known as Edward Nygma or Edward Nashton) is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang. He first appeared in Detective Comics #140 (October 1948).[1] The Riddler is commonly depicted as a criminal mastermind in Gotham City who takes delight in incorporating riddles and puzzles into his schemes, leaving them as clues for the authorities to solve. The Riddler is one of the most enduring enemies of the superhero Batman and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up his rogues gallery.[2]

In 2009, The Riddler was ranked as IGN’s 59th Greatest Comic Book Villain.[3] He has been adapted for media including films, television series, and video games. The Riddler has been voiced by John Glover in the DC animated universe, Robert Englund in The Batman, and Wally Wingert in the Batman: Arkham video game series. He has been portrayed in live-action by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s Batman television series, Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, Cory Michael Smith in the television series Gotham, and Paul Dano in the forthcoming film The Batman.

  1. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 299. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  2. ^ Fleisher, Michael L. (1976). The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes, Volume 1: Batman. Macmillan Publishing Co. pp. 315–317. ISBN 0-02-538700-6. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. ^ Riddler is number 59 Archived 2009-05-11 at the Wayback Machine, IGN.